GAO Report: changes needed if key EPA program is to help fulfill the nation’s water quality goals

In December of 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a report that highlighted a flawed Environmental Protection Agency water-conservation program. It also summarized the overall state of U.S. water bodies.

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting used the report to jump start an investigation into how the agriculture industry affects water quality

As food demands rise, farmers struggle with water conservation

As the global demand for food rises, farmers have to accordingly increase production. However, in some cases, that increased production can be harmful for the environment. A recent report by the Government Accountability Office provided a glimpse of the state of U.S. water bodies. Among its findings, the report stated that it would take one thousand years to reverse the damage done by agricultural runoff and other forms of nonpoint-source pollution.